Ever since the Global Cardboard Challenge Day, where Monkey made a bunch of arcade games to share at a cardboard arcade day with friends, he has been creating anything and everything out of cardboard!
|It’s here! It’s here! Can I use it now, mom?!|
Actually he’d been creating with boxes long before that, but inspiration really struck him then. And he hasn’t stopped! No box is safe in my house! I had a stack of boxes set aside to clear out some storage, but Monkey got to them before I could tell him they were not for cutting up.
When I told him he was going to get a MakeDo kit in the mail, he was ecstatic!
He couldn’t wait, but finally the day came!
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I printed the free instructions and cut outs. We cut out the paper shapes and Monkey pasted them onto cardboard. He got tired of cutting pretty quickly, it was no easy task! So I helped him out with that part.
He measured the pieces for the backing and really enjoyed pinning them together using the fasteners. I assumed this would be simple, but it is not easy to punch holes in cardboard.! Especially a nice round hole! Is it just me?!
The plastic knife in the kit has a punch, but, maybe I’m just not talented with working with cardboard? We stabbed the cardboard quite a few times, can you tell? And then I got a kitchen knife.
He’s hard to move, but with thin cardboard or tag board he’d probably work better. Though, then I might just use brads. But it is a very cool project!
Monkey and I both wish we had a bigger MakeDo set and could make some giant domes and robots!
|this is awesome!|
Especially now that we know how to use the fasteners. They do stay on really well, but are also easy to remove when needed. Even easy for a kid to remove! Next time I’d like to make something with the hinges, too. A MakeDoe kit would be perfect for large projects!
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We played around for quite a while with the multiplication monkey. Then we did this activity to have a better understanding of multiplication:
Understanding Multiplication Activity
I had seen it on Pinterest, but couldn’t find it again. I think it’s pretty self explanatory, We stared with the top, then solved the problems by grouping and counting with candy to get the answer. I don’t recommend using candy, though! We did that in honor of it being Halloween week. The candy corn melted in the glue and the other candies I had out for the “array” got eaten, so had to be replaced with stickers.
Anne Campbell says
Oh, now this is awesome! I have a cardboard engineer as well. He will love these ideas!
This is such a great idea. I have just started saving boxes as I realised that we've never really done any junk modelling. It's definitely an experience that my daughter should have!
Hopping over from Learn through Play.
Susan Evans says
What cute activities to learn multiplication!
Yay! I'm so glad he was inspired by the Cardboard Challenge! I saw that MakeDo sponsored one of the Cardboard Challenges in a previous year. Regarding punching holes in cardboard, I would suggest laying the cardboard flat over a surface that has a hole in it. For example, lay the box on top of a large roll of packing tape, with the spot you want to punch the hole in centered over the middle of the roll of tape. Then use a large nail, awl, or other pointy object to punch the hole. Having the support in the back makes all the difference!
I'm an idiot! lol! I was trying to do it in small pieces off the side of the table. I will definitely do that next time. Thanks!